BRIDGETOWER VARIATIONS (2022)

for Orchestra (2222 2200 01(timp)000 strings)

c. 12 minutes

based on "Henry" - A Ballad for Piano and Voice by George Bridgetower

commissioned by the Houston Symphony

Bridgetower Variations tells the story of George Bridgetower's legacy battle with his contemporary and friend Beethoven, as well as the aftermath of Bridgetower's lost voice and the history leading up to his revival. The work explores the complex process of racialization in the classical music canon through the dialogue between modernism and classical period idioms. In the end, the works speaks towards a message of hope and triumph to overcome the inequities of our world.

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